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Paulina Porizkova

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    Paulina Porizkova View off-the-runway photos
    Nationality
    Czech
    Birth Date
    April 9, 1965
    Status
    Cover girl, Retired (mostly)
    Known for
    Body, Eyes, Hair
    Friends
    Kathy Ireland, Helena Christensen, Liya Kebede, Christie Brinkley
    Children
    Jonathan (Born 93), Oliver (Born 99)
    Married
    Ric Ocasek (Since 8/23/89)
    Model Turned
    Actress (People I Know, 2002), Director (Roomates, 2001), Writer (The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach, 1992)
    Interests
    Playing classical piano, Pastel painting, Oil painting

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    Paulina Porizkova's Career Highlights

    9 APR, 1965
    Born in Prostejov, Czech Republic
    1968
    Parents flee from Czechoslovakia to Sweden, and leaves Paulina her grandmother’s care
    1980
    Signs contract with Elite
    FEB 1984
    Lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
    FEB 1985
    Appears on her second consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover
    MAR 1985
    Appears on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar
    MAR 1985
    Photographed by the legendary Irving Penn for Vogue
    1986
    Lands on the cover of Vogue three times (May, September, December)
    SEP 1986
    Appears on the cover of British Vogue
    1987
    Lands on the cover of Glamour three times (March, June, September)
    1987
    Lands on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar two times (May, November)
    AUG 1987
    Appears on the cover of Playboy
    AUG 1987
    Appears in French Vogue editorial
    1988
    Signs contract with Estée Lauder for $6 million Video»
    1988
    Face of Oscar de la Renta
    1988
    Face of Versace
    1988
    Releases her own calendar
    OCT 1988
    Appears on the cover of French Vogue
    3 FEB, 1989
    Co-stars alongside Peter Selleck in Her Alibi as a beautiful woman with a mysterious past Video»
    MAR 1989
    Featured in Patrick Demarchelier’s Fashion Photography
    23 AUG, 1989
    Marries film writer Ric Ocasek
    1990
    Featured in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World
    AUG 1991
    Becomes the object of desire by famous underground transsexual Octavia St. Laurent in the cult documentary Paris Is Burning
    1992
    Releases the children’s book The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach
    1992
    Featured in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World
    MAY 1993
    Gives birth to son, Jonathan Raven Ocasek
    1995
    Turns down the lead female role in GoldenEye
    1995
    Replaced at Estée Lauder by Elizabeth Hurley
    1997
    Face of Escada
    23 MAY, 1998
    Gives birth to son, Oliver Orion Ocasek
    2001
    Directs and stars in the independent film Roommates
    21 NOV, 2002
    Co-stars alongside Al Pacino in People I Know as Dr. Anna Fahri
    2004
    Featured in Sports Illustrated 40th-anniversary swimsuit issue
    2004
    Appears in Ann Taylor ad campaign
    2005
    Makes her very first appearance in Victoria’s Secret catalog
    FEB 2007
    Announces she will take part of Dancing with the Stars Video»
    10 APR, 2007
    Releases A Model Summer about a15-year-old girl and her difficult modeling experiences in Paris
    AUG 2007
    Photographed by Helena Christensen for Marie Claire
    SEP 2007
    Photographed by Juergen Teller for W in an editorial spread alongside supermodels Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, and others
    NOV 2007
    Announces she will replace Twiggy on America’s Next Top Model
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